October 2, 2004
Pay no attention to the flickering light..
Narrated (of course!) by Burgess Meredith, 'Dialogue With Life' is a rather general trip through the modern wonders of medicine and how it it's making people live longer lives because of it. From birth, to adolescence, the common doctor is not now purveyor of doom, as the film hammered over and over again by indicating the hospital was a place to die at one point.. and now it's a place to get well.
Since my initial review back in September 2003, I got a chance to finally see the 2nd half, and let me tell you, it's the second half when things get going here. This half focuses on the new claptrap technology doctors were using to make people better (Check the brainwave generator thing!) and footage of a birth (just breathe into this mask.. keep breathing!). I think this whole affair still rates around a 3 star rating though.
January 14, 2004
Who Cares About Bedside Manner? We've Got TECHNOLOGY!
This 60s film touts the advances in medical science that have taken place during the previous 50 years or so. Actually, it sings the praises of medical technology, even at the expense of human relationship or bedside manner. It also sings the praises of health insurance. It ends by showing us the glory of a high-tech hospital birth, something that would be abandoned for routine pregnancies due to grass-roots efforts in only about 10 years. In its time, there was some justification for these attitudes, but looked at from todays perspective it about makes you want to throw up. Still, it does give an interesting perspective on how health care got into the mess its in today. It drags a bit, though.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ***.